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$51 million to assist locals in paying for technology transition upgrades in schools across the state a substantial and strategic investment in our schools. [applause] another $34 million is budgeted to address ongoing capital needs that can be used for increased security measures if local officials decide to do so. and more than $35 million is budgeted for teacher salaries. we're also providing $22 million for a new high school for the tennessee school for the deaf in knoxville. our administration's three budgets have certainly supported our commitment to public education, but i also think it's important to note that we're not just throwing money at it. dollars alone don't lead to improvement. there has to be a plan. along with strategic investments, we're pursuing real reform in education that is producing results. we've addressed tenure so that a principal doesn't have to decide after three years to either fire a teacher or grant tenure. there is now a five year time period for the principal to use data more effectively to assess a teacher's performance and then allow time to give
, ongoing teacher training, school safety, technology, and programs like after-school and tutoring that prevent drop-outs by helping struggling students catch up. in postsecondary education, we've reduced funding by $166 million since 2008, leading to higher tuition, increased class sizes, fewer academic programs and course offerings, delayed repairs, more reliance on part- time teachers and lay-offs. last budget, we lifted $24 million from lottery proceeds to keep the general fund balanced -- money that would have gone to financial aid. we'll also need money for new debt service for critical maintenance projects, to reduce caseloads for social workers and for health insurance. and then, we need to start looking at fully funding all-day kindergarten, expanding preschool to reach more 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as increasing substance-abuse treatment. [applause] meanwhile, state employees haven't had a pay raise in four years -- and most of them had furlough days. so my friends, anticipated revenue growth will not be rigorous enough to transform this state. again, that's not rhetor
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